Farewell Conference in Honour of Prof. Klaas van Berkel

4 woe
4 maart 2020

Farewell Conference in Honour of Prof. Klaas van Berkel

March 4

Van Swinderen Huys                            10:00-17:00

March 5

Senaatskamer, Academy Building      10:00-17:00

A little more than a century after its first publication (1919), Weber’s famous lecture ‘Wissenschaft als Beruf’ is still highly relevant. Weber discussed the philosophical and political implications of the social sciences and the humanities. Klaas van Berkel’s work as a historian continues and contributes to this debate. During his tenure as Professor of History of over thirty years at the University of Groningen, Van Berkel has published extensively and internationally on individual scholars and the history of science, especially in the Netherlands. His numerous publications display a fascination with the tension between vocation and science. This symposium honours him and his work.

Keynote lecture: Wednesday, March 4, 16:00, Van Swinderen Huys

Steven Shapin, Harvard University – ‘The Vocation of Science: Its Past and Its Present Problems’

Farewell lecture: Thursday, March 5, 16:00, Aula Academy Building

Klaas van Berkel – ‘Illusies’


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